Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    November 1, 1956 (Thursday)

Elvis and Col. Parker signed a five page music publishing contract with Julian Aberbach of 'Hill and Range' to form 'Gladys Music' (named after Elvis' mother).

 

He also bought a new 1957 Harley Davidson FLH motorcycle and took Natalie Wood for a ride around Memphis. Nick Adams used the older KH model Harley while they were given a police escort.

1957 Harley Davidson FLH Hydra-Glide motorcycle 

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          November 2, 1956 (Friday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    November 3, 1956 (Saturday)

Natalie Wood and Nick Adams returned to Los Angeles. Nick would return later this month for another visit.

Elvis had seven songs listed in the Billboard Top 100.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #10

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #20

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #8

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #14

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. 

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #12

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #13

The Top 100: 

"Green Door" by Jim Lowe.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #12

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #56

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #65

"I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" by Elvis Presley. #77

"I Want You, I Need You, I Love You" by Elvis Presley. #96

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Calypso" by Harry Belafonte.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"High Society" Sound Track.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       November 4, 1956 (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       November 5, 1956 (Monday)

Elvis made a surprise appearance at a police sponsored "Beginner Driving Range" which was part of a new driver education program.

He also asked a friend, Cliff Gleaves to move into his Audubon home to assist his parents and make things easier for them.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                      November 6, 1956 (Tuesday)

Around this time, Elvis met Lamar Fike, whom he first met at Sun in 1954. Fike was a three-hundred pound Texan, a friend of George Klein, trying to break into the radio scene.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                              November 7, 1956 (Wednesday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    November 8, 1956 (Thursday)

Elvis' automobile insurance policy had shown that as of this date among the vehicles he owned were:

1956 Burgundy Messerschmitt KR200 Bubble Car

1956 Ivory Cadillac Series 62 Eldorado Biarritz Convertible (Bought June 1956)

1956 White Lincoln Continental Mark II (Bought August 1956)

1950 Chevrolet one-ton truck (to drive anonymously around town)

Harley Davidson motorbike x 2

(1956 KH) and (1957 FLH)

1955 Blue Fleetwood Series 60 (repainted pink, given to Gladys)

He took a train to Las Vegas with Gene Smith and Bitsy Mott.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                          November 9, 1956 (Friday)

Vernon wired Elvis $1,000 in cash at the New Frontier Hotel while he stayed in Las Vegas.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  November 10, 1956 (Saturday)

Elvis paid $91.95 in cash at Jack Garn's mens shop for two pairs of slacks and two jackets.

During his stint in Vegas, Elvis went to see Billy Ward (photo) and his dominoes, where he saw lead singer Jackie Wilson perform "Don't Be Cruel" which impressed him.

 

He also dated a Las Vegas dancer named Dorothy "Dottie" Harmony. (photo)

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #20

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #15

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #13

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #15

The Top 100: 

"Green Door" by Jim Lowe.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #13

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #40

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #66

"I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" by Elvis Presley. #77

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Calypso" by Harry Belafonte.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley. #13

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"High Society" Sound Track.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #10

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    November 11, 1956 (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   November 12, 1956 (Monday)

Elvis rented a Cadillac from Hertz for $139.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                   November 13, 1956 (Tuesday)

Elvis visited the Silver Slipper in Las Vegas where he met Alis Lesley. (photo)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                            November 14, 1956 (Wednesday)

The Clover Room, The Riviera Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Elvis went to the Riviera Hotel to see Liberace perform at the Clover Room. Liberace introduced Elvis to the audience to rapturous applause. (photo)

They fooled around for photographers afterwards swapping jackets while Elvis played piano and Liberace played guitar.

Watching Liberace Perform (silent footage)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                November 15, 1956 (Thursday)

The Paramount Theatre, 1501 Broadway at 43rd Street, Times Square, New York City.

Elvis' made his movie debut as "Love Me Tender" premiered at the Paramount Theater in New York. 1,500 fans began lining up the night before under a forty-foot cut-out of Elvis playing a guitar.

Movie posters give Elvis third billing under the movies main stars: Richard Egan and Debra Paget. (photo)

Love Me Tender (movie trailer)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       November 16, 1956 (Friday)

'Gladys Music' was registered with the 'American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers' (ASCAP), so that Elvis had a song publishing company with each of the two major songwriting societies.  

'Elvis Presley Music' was already part of 'Broadcast Music Incorporated' (BMI). This in turn gave Elvis and 'Hill and Range' greater business leverage with a larger pool of songs to choose from. It also made sure the publishing issues encountered with "Love Me Tender" couldn't happen again.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  November 17, 1956 (Saturday)

No information.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Green Door" by Jim Lowe.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #5

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #6

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Crazy Arms" by Ray Price.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #7

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Honky Tonk (pts I & II)" by Bill Doggett.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Let The Good Times Roll" by Shirley & Lee.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #7

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #23

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #30

The Top 100: 

"Green Door" by Jim Lowe.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #19

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #33

"I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine" by Elvis Presley. #82

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #84 (EP) (LP)

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #92

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Calypso" by Harry Belafonte.

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"High Society" Sound Track.

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     November 18, 1956 (Sunday)

No information.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                    November 19, 1956 (Monday)

Elvis met Marilyn Evans who was a showgirl at the New Frontier. (photo far right)

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  November 20, 1956 (Tuesday)

Elvis and Nick Adams are spotted riding motorcycles around Memphis before they attended a private midnight screening of "Love Me Tender" at Loew's State Theatre, prior to the scheduled Wednesday opening. (photo)

Gladys Presley cried when the character her son played in the movies died.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                             November 21, 1956 (Wednesday)

"Love Me Tender" was released nationally in 575 prints, a record number for 20th Century Fox.

RCA released the soundtrack EP for "Love Me Tender".

RCA Victor EPA- (45rpm)

The Colonel is now officially entitled to twenty five percent of all music royalties with the remaining seventy five percent going to Elvis.

"Love Me Tender" (EPA-4006)

Side 1: "Love Me Tender", "Let Me".

Side 2: "Poor Boy", "We're Gonna Move".

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                November 22, 1956 (Thursday)

Tour of Kentucky and Ohio. (November 22 - November 25)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Sports Arena, Toledo, Ohio. (2 shows) (2:30 pm and 8:00 pm)

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Drums: D.J. Fontana.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis, with Nick Adams in tow, performed in Toledo. (photo)

After the second show, Elvis was attacked at the Commodore Perry Hotel by a jealous young man whose estranged wife carried Elvis' picture in her diary.

According to police, Elvis held his own in the fight and the young man was arrested.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                       November 23, 1956 (Friday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Cleveland Arena, Cleveland, Ohio.

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Drums: D.J. Fontana.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

Elvis performed in Cleveland where he was photographed by Lew Allen.

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                  November 24, 1956 (Saturday)

LIVE PERFORMANCE(S)

The Hobart Arena, Troy, Ohio. (2 shows) (3:00 pm and 8:00 pm)

Musicians: Rhythm Guitar & Vocals: Elvis Presley - Lead Guitar: Scotty Moore - Bass: Bill Black - Drums: D.J. Fontana.

Backup Vocals: The Jordanaires: 1st Tenor: Gordon Stoker  - 2nd Tenor: Neal Matthews - Baritone: Hoyt Hawkins - Bass: Hugh Jarrett.

 

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #24 (EP)

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Green Door" by Jim Lowe.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #4

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #8

BILLBOARD C&W CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #2

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Singing The Blues" by Marty Robbins.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #4

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #7

BILLBOARD R&B CHART  (singles)

Best Sellers in Stores:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played In Jukeboxes:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #5

Most Played By Jockeys:

"Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino.

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley. #7

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #9

BILLBOARD POP CHART

Honor Roll of Hits: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #6

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #15

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #24

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #27 (EP) (LP)

The Top 100: 

"Love Me Tender" by Elvis Presley.

"Don't Be Cruel" by Elvis Presley. #5

"Hound Dog" by Elvis Presley. #19

"Any Way You Want Me" by Elvis Presley. #35

"Love Me" by Elvis Presley. #41 (EP) (LP)

"Blue Moon" by Elvis Presley. #93

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (LP)

"Calypso" by Harry Belafonte.

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley. #3

"Elvis Presley" by Elvis Presley. #7

Most Played By Jockeys: 

"High Society" Sound Track.

"Elvis" by Elvis Presley. #2

BILLBOARD POP CHART  (EP)

No EP Chart

Elvis: "A Day in the Life"                                                                                                                     November 25, 1956 (Sunday)